After a storm, you may be relieved if it appears everything is safe -- no broken windows or obvious damage. Before you relax, though, it's important to do a full inspection of your home just to make sure there is no hidden damage. Fixing even small things promptly can help prevent major issues down the road. The following will help you figure out what to look for:
#1: The roof
The roof often takes the largest brunt of damage in a storm. There's no need to get on the roof, but you may want to climb a ladder for a better view. Look for damaged shingles, either cracked or completely missing. If the shingles look fine, the next thing to look for is flashing damage. The flashing is the metal strips around things like chimneys or laying down in the valleys of the roof. Hail damage is another concern. A hail damaged roof isn't obvious. Look for missing gravel on the shingles or shiny spots where the hail compressed the shingles. Finish by making sure the gutters are aligned and undamaged, especially if there was wind or hail that may have knocked them loose.
#2: The siding and trim
Siding can also suffer a lot of storm damage. The most common are siding strips begin blown loose in high winds. You must actually walk around the house and physically check all the siding strips to ensure that none or lose, or they may actually break off the next time the wind kicks up. Loose trim is even more common than loose siding, so check all trim around corners, windows, and doors. If you have vinyl siding, then hail damage is another possibility. This usually occurs as cracks or holes. Although it's possible to patch the damage, it's generally a better idea to replace the damaged siding.
#3 Landscape damage
Don't overlook damage to the landscape. Check the canopies of the trees for broken branches, since these can blow down later and damage your roof or hurt someone that is standing below. It's also a good idea to make sure the soil around the base of the trees looks undisturbed. If the soil looks churned up, then winds may have broken some of the tree roots. This can leave the tree in danger of falling the next time there are high winds.
For more help, contact a company like Select Exteriors to help you inspect and repair the damage on your property.